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, there was some flip-flopping going on. the biggest gainer last year, the biggest dog of the dow. bank of america. doubled in price this year as the bank improved its financial footing. home depot and disney all saw strong earnings. consumers proved resilient in 2012. jpmorgan another of last year's dogs round out the top five with all big double digit percentage increases. if you look at the numbers, bank of america up a whopping 108%. home depot up 46%. now, hewlett-packard, the dow's second biggest loser in 2011 is this year's worst performer ending the year at a ten-year low down about 45%. after its ceo and accounting scandals. intel struggling with the slowdown in pcs. shares down about 15%. and last year's best dow performer mcdonald's posting a double digit loss this year. dupont and caterpillar round out the top five of losses. >> thank you. >>> when we come back, we've got some wild predictions for technology in the new year. how about facebook buying netflix? how about microsoft taking over research in motion? and wait until you hear what experts are saying about apple. >>> and what ar
should take that money and put it to work. simply because when you look at corporate america, the average company, bill, is generating a 16% to 17% return on equity, record free cash margins and a federal reserve that has the pedal to the metal. what you and i have talked about before repeatedly, $4 in taxes for every dollar in phantom spending cuts. that's fiscal irritation, but the health of corporate america will be what ultimately prevails. >> sounds like david has been reading your book, rick santelli. >> it does. >> big fan of rick. >> this is such a perverse world we live in, okay. let's look as what's happening. down 158 in stocks and that pushed the ten-year yield under 170, okay. >> really. let me get this straight. they can't get a deal on controlling out-of-control debt, so rates go down. i used to trade during graham/rudman and i remember when they couldn't get deficit conversations right, treasuries went down and stocks went down. oh, would i love to get back to that type of reality. >> yeah. but you had a different guy at the federal reserve at the time. >> yeah, a differen
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